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Sir Lindsay Hoyle takes up role as new Commons Speaker

Sir Lindsay had been frontrunner from the first round. Credit: PA

Sir Lindsay Hoyle begins work in his new role as Speaker in the House of Commons today - succeeding John Bercow who stands down after more than a decade.

Sir Lindsay, who was deputy speaker, had 325 votes in the run-off against Chris Bryant, who received 213.

He was dragged to the chair by Tory MP Nigel Evans and Labour's Caroline Flint.

He paid an emotional tribute to his late daughter, Natalie, in his acceptance speech.

Sir Lindsay also promised to be neutral and urged the House to regain its dignity.

"This House will change but it will change for the better," he said.

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